Brian Friel

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Pianist John O’Conor at his home in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

On Sunday night, pianist Dr John O’Conor will receive the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The event will be a gala concert in honour of his uniqu(...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: seven women ex-employees claimed frequent inappropriate touching, highly sexualised comments and workplace bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a dry, warm Wednesday evening in August 2012, a group of Gate Theatre employees gathered for a dinner party in the well-appointed Dublin home of Mi(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

Tressa (Seana Kerslake) with  Matt (Ryan Donaldson) and Scober MacAdam (Sean McGinley) in King of the Castle. Photograph: Robbie Jack

King of the Castle Gaiety Theatre, Dublin ★★★★ Druid’s revival of Eugene McCabe’s 1964 drama has a deceptively inviting quality, which masks its blea(...)

Kerry’s David Clifford  in action against Derry last year. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho

Kerry v Derry – Croke Park, 1.15pm - Live TG4 Presuming a mere coronation for this David Clifford led Kerry side would be to overlook the achievement(...)

Derry’s Guildhall Square taken over by Trojan Horse to mark the start of the annual Brian Friel International Festival

A large wooden horse has appeared before Derry’s walls. “What is it?” one woman asks, bemusement in her voice. “A Trojan Horse,” another explains. “(...)

Capt Peter Kelleher reading the Proclamation at the GPO, Dublin, last year. Photograph: Maxwells

Hovering around the very successful 1916 centenary commemorations last year was a silent paradox. The celebration of Irish sovereignty was f(...)

 Kerry’s David Clifford celebrates a score. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kerry 2-22 Cavan 2-10 A mesmerising performance from Kerry captain David Clifford helped the Kingdom ease into a fourth successive All-Ireland minor (...)

Dancing at Lughnasa: ‘An  explosion of flour and frustration unites the sisters as their wireless provokes a ceilidhe in the kitchen’. Photograph:  Darragh Kane

Everyman, Cork **** The distance between what seemed to be and what was true is a space often explored by Brian Friel and nowhere more poignantly t(...)

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